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If you are unable to pay the fine associated with your citation, you must appear on your court date and speak with the Judge.
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A defendant may request a copy of their disposition in person by coming into the Public Safety Complex at 701 Queen City Pkwy SW. Identification will be required. If you are looking to obtain a disposition for someone else, you may do so by clicking here.
If you missed your scheduled court appearance, you need to call 770-531-2668 and speak with a court employee.
City of Gainesville Municipal Court utilizes Professional Probation Services to monitor probation guidelines issued by the court. You can contact them by calling 470-248-4090 or visit them at 731 Queen City Pkwy Suite 201 Gainesville, Ga 30501.
Arraignment is a formal reading of a criminal charging document in the presence of the defendant, to inform them of the charges against them. In response to arraignment, the accused is expected to enter a plea of Guilty, Not Guilty, or Nolo Contendre (NOLO).
Gainesville Municipal Court has two different options for your Not Guilty plea. You may either request a Bench Trial, which will be completed at a future date and time here at the Municipal Court, or you may request a Jury Trial. If a Jury Trial is chosen, your case will be transferred to Hall County State Court where they will provide your appearance date and time.
A plea of nolo contendere or no contest informs the court that the accused does not contest to the charges and will waive his or her right to trial, while maintaining a claim of innocence. A plea of nolo contendere more than likely cannot be used against a defendant in any subsequent proceedings. A nolo contendere plea, like a guilty plea is a conviction.
Points are added to your license upon conviction of certain violations. The Georgia Point System ranges from 2 to 6 points and are placed on your license by the Georgia Department of Driver Services. A list of convictions and their subsequent point totals can be found here.
If you receive a citation and find that there is incorrect information on it, please contact the court immediately by calling 770-531-2668.
Gainesville Municipal Court will have a Spanish language interpreter at all court sessions. Any further needs will be met on a case by case basis.
You may contact the public defender via email using [email protected]. Our public defender will review your email and assist accordingly.